The villages of Oak Park and River Forest are sought after for their stock of historic homes, and, often, living in the area comes with a price. Homes of a certain era are not exactly known for having open floor plans, chef’s kitchens, extra bedrooms and multiple walk-in closets. But sprinkled throughout the villages are top-tier homes, which offer a lot more space as well as amenities not found in your average four-square. Here are four that are currently on the market:
Not one but three suites
Located in the heart of Oak Park in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, 535 N. Euclid is an updated 1940s colonial that offers high-end upgrades and five bedrooms, including three suites. The previous owners hired Morgante-Wilson architects to design a seamless addition that added space to create a chef’s kitchen with Amish cabinetry, a new family room, homework room, and master suite.
From the slate and hardwood floors up to the slate tile roof and copper gutter system, every inch of this home has been updated with quality finishes. Custom millwork, four fireplaces, new windows, a sound system and designer touches, such as lighting and custom closets, add to the luxurious feel of the home.
Baird and Warner Real Estate Agent Lloyd Behrenbruch, who is listing the house for $1.25 million, says 535 N. Euclid blends the old with the new seamlessly.
“With this home, you have the best of both worlds. You have the charm of yesteryear and the functionality of today,” he says. “The current owners refer to the backyard as their sanctuary. There is no alley, so the backyard is extremely private, making it ideal for entertaining and families with children.”
Historical and plentiful
Also in Oak Park, 330 N. East offers a chance to live in remodeled architectural history.
“Although the house is almost 100 years old, it has features you would find in more recent construction,” says Catherine Deam, a realtor for Gloor Realty. “There is an attached garage, which is rare to find in homes of this vintage. The current owners raised their family here, and really updated the home to make if family-friendly. They bumped out a back wall to create a master suite with an incredible amount of closet space. They also dug out the basement to create an extra-tall recreation space.”
The home, an architectural gem originally designed by famous architects Talmadge and Watson, has five bedrooms, including two master suites, and 5.5 bathrooms.
Throughout the home, the impressive architectural pedigree shines through. Oak banding and art glass are harbingers of the Prairie Style, and the four fireplaces add a touch of luxury. The family room, library, and open floor plan add to the home’s modern-day appeal. The home is listed at $1.795 million.
999 bottles of wine in the cellar
The high-end kitchen and family room remodel of 814 Franklin in River Forest landed the home on the television program HGTV. In addition to luxurious touches such as multiple fireplaces and large bedroom suites, the property includes a lighted basketball court in the backyard as well as a spa room with sauna hot tub and a 1,000 bottle wine cellar.
Tony and Kathy Iwersen, of Prudential Rubloff, are listing the four-bedroom, 4.2-bath home for $1.675 million.
“The home was built for one of the founding partners of the Chicago Board of Trade,” explains Tony. “It’s one of the few Williamsburg Colonials in the area. The current owners have restored it back to its original grandeur, from the slate-tile roof all the way to the basement, which includes a home theater, bar, kitchen, home gym and family room.”
A basement tall and expansive
The newly-constructed home at 101 Keystone in River Forest offers over 6,000 square feet of living space in a modern, open floor plan. Current owner Karey Skiermont, who is relocating to be closer to family, notes that the five-bedroom, 4.1-bath house has been an ideal place for her young family.
“I really love all the windows. We look outside and all we see is green, with the mature trees surrounding the property. I also love what new construction has to offer,” she says. “With small children, we love the open space. In the winter, we spend so much time indoors, and we really get a lot of use out of the third floor playroom and the basement recreation rooms.”
The chef’s kitchen, with professional grade appliances, opens into a family room and dining room, making the home a great place to entertain. The master suite includes a spacious, customized walk-in closet and custom cabinetry in the bathroom.
The basement, with its 9-foot ceilings includes a home theater, exercise room, full bathroom, fireplace and custom wet bar.
Rich C. Gloor is listing 101 Keystone for $1.44 million.